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Nazra: Facing Mirrors
Fabrica Gallery
Brighton United Kingdom
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Nazra: Facing Mirrors
Eyes Wide Open Cinema presents the final screening in a season of films exploring queer representation in Arab cinema.

Wednesday 5 December. Fabrica Gallery, Brighton.

Doors 7.00pm. Start 7.30pm.


Director: Negar Azarbayjani | Iran | 2011 | 98 minutes
In Farsi (Persian) with English subtitles.

Set in contemporary Iran, Facing Mirrors tells the story of an unlikely and daring friendship that develops between a cisgender female cab driver and her passenger, a transgender man desperately awaiting a passport to leave the country to escape a forced marriage. While the cab drivers initial instinct is to help, she is caught off guard upon discovering that her passenger is trans. What emerges is a connection between the two that challenges both social norms and religious beliefs, reflecting the paradoxes of modern-day Iran in which gender reassignment surgery is legal and prevalent, but social acceptance is not widespread.


Director: Kouross Esmaeli | Iran and USA | 2006 | 14 minutes

Maryam Khatoonpour Molkara made strides for the Iranian trans community in 2004 when she successfully obtained a fatwa from Ayatollah Khomeini to allow legal gender reassignment surgery in the country. Iranian-American filmmaker Kouross Esmaeli is invited to Molkaras Iran Transsexual Support Society to hear the voices of Iranian trans people.

+ Skype Q&A with Saman Arastoo

We have a limited amount of tickets available for free for those who cannot afford the regular ticket price. Please email to reserve these.

This event has been made possible by BFI's Film Audience Network, with the support of The National Lottery.


Fabrica Gallery (View)
40 Duke Street
Brighton BN1 1AG
United Kingdom


Film > Festivals

Minimum Age: 18
Kid Friendly: No
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


Owner: Eyes Wide Open Cinema
On BPT Since: Jul 15, 2017
Eyes Wide Open Cinema

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